Jill Bridger, Principal
RAD Teaching Diploma
AISTD Dip & MNATD
Creator of Melody Bear and Melody Movement Early Learning
Jill Bridger started the school in 1988 in Cambridge and has seen it grow from 30 children at the Cambridge Drama Centre to over 650 students.
Jill is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and National Association of Teachers of Dance.
Her creation, Melody Bear, is now taught and enjoyed by 450 teachers across the UK and oversea. Visit www.melodymovement.com for further details.
Due to the demand for our Melody Movement pre-
Helen Ellis joined our team in 2011 and is a trained Melody Movement teacher. Her popular Saturday Melody Bear classes run on Saturday mornings in Cambridge with lots of lovely props and story telling.
Jo Turner joined our offices in May 2010 and her assistance with both our Melody Movement Early Learning projects and busy school events has been invaluable. Jo also coordinates our chaperones and parent volunteers at our school shows.
‘Grow and flourish with Melody Bear’™
Tel: 01480 469711
Bernadette Lemon is heading back to her roots! Bernadette was a student at Jill Bridger school of dance from the early age of 3 right up to 16 when she moved onto vocational training at Masters Performing Arts College. In addition to teaching our Melody Bear classes, Bernadette teaches our RAD grades, Ballet Extra and Vocational Focus Sessions. She also choreographsthe school’s TEAM JB routines.
Emma Louise Campbell has a wealth of experience to share having gained at BA (hons) Dance and Professional Practice and a Postgraduate Masters in Dance Making and Performance. In addition to teaching Melody Bear and our RAD ballet classes, Emma Louise teaches our Combo and modern & tap classes.
Everyone loves Melody Bear
Meaghan Gates first came to the school with her two boys joining in our Melody Bear classes. She loved the classes so much that she joined our teacher training programme and now teaches classes at the Melody Bear HQ and in Cambourne. Meaghan is also a whiz at sorting out all the props for the teachers!
Grace Atyes will be a familiar face to many of you as she is an ex-
Emily Pullen is brings the magic of Melody Bear to our Saturday morning classes at the Melody Bear HQ. She’s first in the HQ to shake Melody Bear awake for a morning of fun dancing!
Cheryl Radford is our school administrator who joined our team in 2014. Cheryl is students’ parents point of contact at our busy Melody Bear offices and she can be contacted directly by phone or email email@example.com
Glenn Nairn is the Melody Bear HQ accounts and staff administrator and Jill’s assistant. Glenn has been with the team for many years and her knowledge of the office workings keep all the ‘cogs’ moving.
A warm welcome to our new teacher Rachel Bye who will be teaching our Saturday Melody Bear classes at the Cambourne Church Annexe from Jan 2022. Rachel has a wealth of experience in dance and drama following her training at the Performers College in ISTD ballet, tap & modern plus American Tap, Contemporary and LAMDA Drama and singing.